The Trump organization has hardened the hotel. His children may pay a price.


Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson / The Daily Beast / Getty

Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson / The Daily Beast / Getty

Former President Donald Trump and his family-owned company have a long history of afflicting contractors, but there is one invoice that they almost certainly wanted to pay.

In front of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, Trump organization booked a block of rooms at Loews Madison Hotel.. The Trump organization refused to pay the invoice when at least 13 people did not appear. This has been done many times in the past. The company then withdrew from the debt collection agency by fending off the debt collection agency and eventually sending a $ 49,358 invoice to the nonprofit presidential inauguration committee, PIC.

That avoided payment is now at the heart of the Attorney General’s latest effort to bring the Trump organization back to its crosshairs. Ongoing investigation About how Trump’s children used it Presidential inauguration ceremony To have their own gorgeous party.

“It was their friend. It shouldn’t have been sent to the PIC. It’s a misuse of money. Is the Trump Organization somehow involved and letting the PIC pay some balance everywhere on their behalf? ? That doesn’t seem to be justified. “

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Winston Wolkov is no longer Trump’s friend — no longer. She has been close to her family for over a decade and eventually became the “trustworthy adviser” of President Melania Trump’s wife, but Winston Walkov made her a scapegoat for her inauguration failure. After feeling that, there was fallout. New York Times Winston Wolkoff later overcame the Justice Department’s resistance, identifying her affiliated company, WIS Media Partners, as a whopping $ 26 million beneficiary. Publishing a book that tells everything about her Called Melania and I..

DC Attorney General Karl Racine The inaugural committee has wasted more than $ 1 million and continues to investigate allegedly used to essentially enrich Trump’s own company on its way to the White House. And the Attorney General’s office is trying to recover from a court defeat at the end of last year.

In November, Judge Jose M. Lopez of the DC Superior Court apparently ruined the investigation of the local Attorney General when he separated the Trump Organization from the proceedings. His reasoning that surprised people after the incident was that the family company was not directly involved. Don Jr., Ivanka, And the other staff at the company’s New York office were doing a lot of paperwork. So he withdrew the Trump organization from the proceedings.

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The judge’s November 8 order was issued by a Texas financier Gentry beach When he withdrew his American Express credit card and made a large and expensive reservation, he was not authorized to list the Trump Organization. But the beach wasn’t a stranger to the Trump Organization. He is a member of Donald Trump Jr.’s University and was carefully selected to serve on the Finance Commission of a nonprofit organization.He was also Outing by journalists Even before taking office to be a member of a non-profit organization Eric Trump, Don Jr... And another wealthy Texan-it seemed to auction access to Trump.

Since then, Racine’s office has submitted documents to the court to overturn it, pointing out numerous receipts and notes showing that the Trump Organization will not be fooled even by debt collectors to get out of it. increase.

Campbell Hightower & Adams of Arizona, in the typical way of an aggressive collection agency, began attacking the company by phone and email in June 2017, citing the interruption of the Loews Madison Hotel.

The collector, identified only as “Sherry,” wrote down a note when he repeatedly contacted Don Jr.’s executive assistant, Kara Hanley.

“Unfortunately, this wasn’t something everyone in the Trump Organization agreed on. Great, Kara,” Hanley wrote on June 8.

“The contract was signed, but 13 people did not come to the room I reserved. [sic] Therefore, according to the terms of the contract, those rooms still need to be paid. What am I missing? Sherry wrote back.

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A few weeks later, Sherry learned from the Trump Organization that yet another Donald Executive Assistant, Lindsey Santoro, first requested a room and added the beach as the primary contact for the transaction. That information seemed to further solidify the fact that the company was actually involved.

And when the hotel contacted the collection agency in July and the bill suddenly demanded that the listed debtor be changed to the “58th Presidential Inauguration Committee,” he said, “I can’t say it’s a” Trump organization. ” There was a strange special note. Sherry became suspicious.

“I hesitate because they all seem to point their fingers and make excuses for why they don’t pay for it, and this seems to be another trick, so the Trump organization There is no name for it, “Sherry wrote back on July 10.

According to records, the bill was finally paid by the Presidential Inauguration Commission at the direction of Rick Gates, an ally of Trump’s political operator who was a member of the commission, and eventually by special counsel Robert. He was put in prison for committing an unrelated crime captured by Mueller’s Russian investigation.

The AG of the District of Columbia proves that this evidence should continue to be part of a lawsuit in which the Trump Organization seeks to seize money it considers misused and divert it to another nonprofit organization instead. I want to do it. Otherwise, civil investigations are PIC (currently inactive) and Trump International Hotel Washington ( Sold anyway).

In court filings, Trump Organization and Trump Hotel lawyers denounced AG’s final efforts as merely a “rehashed argument” calling for “biting some apples several times.” .. On December 14, lawyer Rebecca Woods was Don Jr. I reiterated that my buddy Beach does not have a clear authority to trade. She also wrote that investigators should not be allowed to seek swearing testimony from him or his executive assistant, Santoro.

Family secrets that fuel the prosecution of the Trump organization

When the Daily Beast approached, AG’s office pointed out a court debate. The Trump Organization lawyer did not respond to requests for comment. The collector did not call on Friday.

In particular, none of these documents described yet another layer of Trump organization involvement: the company’s chief financial officer. Allen Weisselberg Mysteriously assumed the responsibility of auditing the finances of the non-profit PIC.DC investigator last summer I wanted to interview him Under the oath, but he was then Indicted for tax evasion In New York City.

The request of the local Attorney General is currently up to the judge, but this time it’s a different request. On New Year’s Eve, the case was reassigned to Judge Yvonne Williams of the DC Superior Court, a former NAACP lawyer appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama.

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